World Soccer December 2021

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in pictures

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from the editor

Football is, as we all know, a ruthless business – five Premier League managers losing their jobs by early November (already surpassing the whole of last season’s total managerial casualties) provides a stark example of that. It will be fascinating to see how Newcastle United rebuild under Eddie Howe (page 16), and how Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa fare under new managers Antonio Conte and Steven Gerrard (page 20). Similarly, a huge rebuild is required at Barcelona, with the hope that the appointment of club legend Xavi will arrest their recent decline. The future now looks much brighter for Blaugrana, especially as one of the world’s most promising teenagers, Pedri, is already among their ranks and will likely be their midfield lynchpin for the next decade and beyond. Not to be…

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barcelona return is a “dream come true” for xavi

“I would love to be a technical director at some point. I don’t know if it will be at Barcelona or not. If there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again because it’s the club that I love”Lionel Messi suggests that he could also return to the Nou Camp one day New Barcelona coach Xavi admitted it had been his dream to return to the club ever since he departed in 2015, following his appointment as Ronald Koeman’s replacement. “I feel that Barca is my home, but I know that I have a very big responsibility,” he told Barca+ in his first interview after returning. “I arrive in a complicated moment for the club, but I feel prepared. “My DNA has not changed: the idea of being the protagonist, to…

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blatter and platini charged with fraud

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, the former presidents of FIFA and UEFA, respectively, will face trial in Switzerland having been charged with fraud. Both men have denied any and all wrongdoing. Blatter completed a final set of investigatory interviews in August after various delays because of his fragile state of health. He underwent heart surgery last December and could be questioned for only 90 minutes each day. The investigation concerns the payment by FIFA, on the orders of then-president Blatter, of two million Swiss francs to Platini in early 2011. At the time, Platini was both UEFA president and a FIFA vice-president, but the work for which he claimed the payment had been undertaken ten years earlier when he worked as Blatter’s “football counsellor”. Prosecutors believe the two men lied about the reason for…

3 min
heroes & villains

JOSH CAVALLO “I am a footballer and I am gay,” said Cavallo in a video posted by his club Adelaide United, as the Australian became the only openly gay male top-flight professional footballer in the world. “I have been fighting my sexuality for six years now and I’m glad I can put that to rest,” he added, while players, managers and clubs from around the world greeted the news with supportive messages. The hope is that Cavallo coming out will break the stigma that exists in the game, although the 21-year-old has admitted he would be “scared” to play at next year’s World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal. VIVIANNE MIEDEMA & LISA EVANS The WSL stars are the latest footballers to sign up for the Common Goal charity movement. The organisation,…